Friday, March 10, 2017

Richard Pinel Joins the Virtual Cathedral Production Team




We welcome Richard Pinel, the new Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, to our Production Team for the Virtual St Paul's Cathedral Project.

Richard will work with Roger Bowers, his colleague at Jesus College, and with the Choir at Jesus College to choose repertoire and record the music for choir and organ we will need for our recreation of worship at St Paul's in the 1620's.

Richard comes to the Cathedral Project and to Jesus College from his post as Assistant Director of Music at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

An international award-winning organist, Richard has also held leadership positions with the choirs at Magdalen College, Oxford and Perth Cathedral, Australia.

He has also held the organ scholarship of St Albans Cathedral and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Richard began his participation in the English Choral Tradition early in life, as a chorister at All Saints’ Church, Northampton.

He was awarded the prestigious organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford in 2002. 

Richard's playing of the organ has been hailed as ‘a force of nature’. He has won numerous prizes, including First Prize, the Ad Wammes Prize, and the Haji Hakim Prize at the Breda International Organ Competition in The Netherlands.

For more about Richard, including a discography of his recordings, go here

Congratulations to Richard for all his accomplishments, and many, many thanks for agreeing to help us recreate the musical life of St Paul's Cathedral in the early 17th century!


John Donne Society Recognizes the Virtual Paul's Cross Project


The John Donne Society has presented the Virtual Paul's Cross Project with the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Digital Publication for 2013. 

Our thanks to Heather Dubrow, President of the John Donne Society, and to all the members of the Society, for this generous recognition!

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Great Fire Redux




London burned again yesterday, only this time only in the form of a 320 foot long replica built for the occasion out of wood on the banks of the Thames. 

Watch the London Replica burn here:
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Here is how al-Jazeeria covered the story:



For the Guardian's version of the story, go here. 

For more pictures of the event, go here. 

The Guardian also has a story about major buildings that were destroyed in the Great Fire, including St Paul's, here.

Given the profound impact that the Great Fire had on Wren's career as an architect, I've always had a sneaking suspicion that Wren set the Fire in Pudding Lane. 

But I know that's silly talk. Just joking folks, just joking . . . . .

Sunday, September 4, 2016

St Paul's and The Great Fire



The Great Fire of London reached St Paul's Cathedral 350 years ago today, on September 4th, 1666.

The photograph above, from the Evening Standard, suggests that the folks at Wren's St Paul's have been having fun projecting images of a fire onto the dome, perhaps as part of a memorial event.

We proposed several years ago that the folks at the cathedral work with us to have a more elaborate exhibit on this 350th anniversary occasion. 

Our plan would have involved projecting images of the preFire cathedral onto the facade of today's cathedral, then adding images of the fire, to conclude with today's St Paul's rising from the ashes.  

But we didn't get anywhere -- the cathedral's response was that they weren't sure their fire insurance would cover the risk.

Seems they figured out the difference between virtual and real fire, in time for the Great Fire Anniversary.

In any case, if you want a chronology of the Great Fire, please see below. 


And watch the VPCP website for some significant changes in the days and weeks ahead. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Paul's Cross on TAP



The Virtual Paul's Cross Project was discussed on On TAP, a podcast about Theater and Performance Studies sponsored by the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St Louis. group, consisting of Sarah Bay-Cheng of Bowdoin College, Pannill Camp of Washington U, and Harvey Young of Northwestern Unnversity.

Go HERE to listen to the podcast, all of which is very worthwhile, but if you want to hear their discussion of our work, forward to the last 10 minutes or so.

The folks at On TAP describe this podcast as "a three-headed, freewheeling conversation about topics of current interest to graduate students, professors, independent scholars, and all those interested in academic Theatre and Performance Studies. 

"Each edition features Sarah Bay-Cheng, Pannill Camp, and Harvey Young talking about several topics of field-wide interest, including trends in ideas, theories, methods, pedagogy, career development, and developments in research, publishing, and hiring. 

"Something like a cross between a casual faculty seminar and an impromptu conversation at the conference hotel bar, On TAP features established scholars discussing a rapidly evolving field of knowledge. It is free to download and a great way to stay connected to the field."  

I'm honored that these folks have been discussing our work, especially since I've been reminded how preaching at Paul's Cross (or anywhere, for that matter) was a kind of theater. One reason so many clergy in the early modern period have negative things to say about the theater of that day was, of course, that they were all in the same line of work. 

For more on the folks who do this podcast, go here.  

If you want to hear our podcast from this site, we are part of Podcast #4.